Today’s Reading - Daniel 10:1-11:1
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10 A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. 11 He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling. 12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. - Daniel 10:10-12
“Highly esteemed. . . .Gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God.” Oh that we would all have these said about us. Daniel was not highly esteemed because of his position and power nor did gain understanding because he was smarter than everybody else nor was he humble because he was holier than everyone else in the land. No, he was all of those things because of his relationship with God. His desire to be intimate with his Lord meant he was given guidance and shown favor in areas which benefitted him as he navigated the unusual waters he faced in this season of his life. I am pretty certain I will never be called upon to interpret dreams and visions for kings and rulers, but Daniel was. On a limited basis I might be spoken to about things in the future. But not on the level of Daniel. But what I will be called on to do each and every day is not to spiritually defile myself which Daniel resolved to do way back at the beginning of this story. And he never wavered. He was highly esteemed. He learned and he was humble because of it. We are getting close to the end of the story and Daniel has remained strong through it all. He has felt weak, he has been left to trembling and afraid, but always faithful to his relationship with God. Seek intimacy with the Lord and the fruit of righteousness will surface in your life more often than you can imagine.
Heavenly Father, may we all draw closer to you and seek to love you more and more. May our hearts be one with your heart. May your righteousness be seen in our lives in every circumstance we face. Whether joyous or wrought with fear may we always be in alignment with you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.